obtund

[ ob-tuhnd ]
/ ɒbˈtʌnd /

verb (used with object)

to blunt; dull; deaden.

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Origin of obtund

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin obtundere to beat at, equivalent to ob- ob- + tundere to strike

OTHER WORDS FROM obtund

ob·tund·ent, adjectiveob·tun·di·ty, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for obtunded

  • Madeira did not seem to be unconscious, but his senses were obtunded, and it was some minutes before he could sit up.

    Sally of Missouri|R. E. Young
  • But one phase of it seemed to reach his obtunded consciousness, for this made a direct inroad upon his bank account.

    The Gay Gnani of Gingalee|Florence Huntley

British Dictionary definitions for obtunded

obtund
/ (ɒbˈtʌnd) /

verb

(tr) rare to deaden or dull

Derived forms of obtund

obtundent, adjective, noun

Word Origin for obtund

C14: from Latin obtundere to beat against, from ob- against + tundere to belabour
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Medical definitions for obtunded

obtund
[ ŏb-tŭnd ]

v.

To dull or blunt, especially sensation or pain.

Other words from obtund

ob•tundent adj.
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